Press Release

Leading Investment Funds Regulatory Partner Nabil Sabki joins Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis is excited to announce that Nabil Sabki has joined the Firm as a partner in the Investment Funds Regulatory Practice. Mr. Sabki’s practice focuses on complex financial services regulatory and compliance matters and he rejoins Kirkland after previously spending 10 years at the Firm.  

“Nabil is an outstanding lawyer and his experience counselling private fund sponsors and other asset managers on a range of complex regulatory issues will be a major benefit to our growing regulatory practice,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “We are thrilled to welcome him back to Kirkland.”

Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group head John O’Neil added: “Nabil is the perfect fit for our team and we are so glad to have him back at Kirkland. His experience and reputation in the private funds industry will greatly enhance our service to clients’ in navigating the increasingly complex U.S. regulatory environment.”

Mr. Sabki has industry leading experience representing private fund sponsors, including the largest and most sophisticated asset managers in the world. Mr. Sabki has advised clients on over 175 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission exams, registered over 75 advisers with the SEC and worked on numerous SEC and SRO inquiries and enforcement actions during his career. Mr. Sabki acts as primary outside regulatory counsel to numerous private fund sponsors and asset managers on cutting-edge matters and regularly helps them navigate the ever-evolving regulatory landscape. He also advises clients in connection with complex financial services-related transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private securities offerings. Mr. Sabki also regularly advises companies with respect to investment company status issues under the Investment Company Act of 1940. 

“Given the current regulatory environment it’s the perfect time to join Kirkland’s leading global alternative asset platform. The depth and breadth of Kirkland’s Investment Funds platform is unmatched and provides me an amazing opportunity to continue to grow my practice,” said Mr. Sabki. “I look forward to reconnecting with friends and colleagues and helping to take the platform to new heights in order to meet our clients’ ever-evolving needs.” 

In 2018, Crain’s Chicago Business named Mr. Sabki to Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers list, which honors lawyers who are leading the legal profession in Illinois and beyond, and who, through their practices and pro bono work, are advancing the causes of justice and equality. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Michigan. Mr. Sabki joins Kirkland from Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago, where he was a partner and built and led the investment funds regulatory practice for over nine years. 

Other recent additions to Kirkland’s Investment Funds Regulatory Practice include Diane Blizzard, Melissa Gainor and Daniel Kahl. Kirkland has more than 85 attorneys in its Investment Funds Regulatory Practice, which includes lawyers who have held senior policy-making and enforcement positions in key regulatory agencies, as well as seasoned practitioners and more than 550 lawyers total in the Firm’s Investment Funds Group. As thought leaders in the space, the team produces the Regulatory Roundup, which covers regulatory developments from the SEC during this pivotal moment in history.

Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. The Firm offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team across offices in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific offering comprehensive services including private fund formation; liquidity solutions; investment management and regulatory counsel and support; and strategic GP advisory services. Since January 2017, Kirkland has advised over 1,000 funds with total capital commitments in excess of $1.32 trillion.